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Dave Matthews Band Back For Yet Another Massive Summer Tour.

We’re smack dab in the middle of February and winter is hitting us full throttle. At 5gig HQ, we’re excited for April to come along (with Coachella working as our unofficial start of the music festival season), but, after today, jam band fans across North American can rejoice, as the king of all jam bands, Dave Matthews Band, has confirmed a 2013 summer tour.

As in years past, Dave Matthews will take his band on the road to play a slew of cities and gigs (45 this year!), many of which will include multiple shows at the same venue.

Dave Matthews Band‘s 2013 tour kicks off with two April gigs (April 6th at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Alabama and April 27th at the Snowden Grove Amphitheater in Southaven, Miss.) leading up their performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 28th.

At the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, they’ll share the bill with an impressively diverse lineup (per usual), including: B.B. King, Jimmy Cliff, Billy Joel, a reunited Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, The Black Keys, John Mayer, Widespread Panic, Frank Ocean, Little Big Town, and heaps more.

Full New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest lineup/tickets.

After taking a short break, Dave Matthews will begin his monsterous summer trek. Things kick off in the heart of Texas with their May 17th concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, before heading to Dallas and Austin for the next two shows.

As perviously mentioned, DMB will play two and three-night stints in various cities. The lucky bunch include: Saratoga Springs, NY (May 25/26), Hartford, CT (June 7/8), Mansfield, NY (June 15/16), Noblesville, IN (June 21/22), Wantag, NY (June 25/26), Camden, NJ (June 28/29), Milwaukee, WI (July 5/6), West Palm Beach, FL (July 19/20), Commerce City, CO (August 23/24), and George, WA (August 30/31, September 1st).

Complete Dave Matthews Band tour dates and tickets.

They’ll be touring bebehind 2012 release Away From the World, which represents the group’s eight album overall.

Watch them play “Gaucho” from Away From the World last year at The Woodlands:


Dave Matthews Band in SouthavenSnowden Grove Amphitheatre

Dave Matthews Band in WoodlandsCynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Dave Matthews Band in DallasSuperpages.com Center

Dave Matthews Band in AustinAustin360 Amphitheater

Dave Matthews Band in AustinAustin360 Amphitheater

Dave Matthews Band in Saratoga SpringsSaratoga Performing Arts Center

Dave Matthews Band in Saratoga SpringsSaratoga Performing Arts Center

Dave Matthews Band in TorontoMolson Canadian Amphitheatre

Dave Matthews Band in ScrantonToyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain

Dave Matthews Band in BurgettstownFirst Niagara Pavilion

15 ‘Alternative’ Songs for Valentine’s Day.

Whether you’re a St. Valentine’s Day fan or not, we don’t want you to miss some of the songs that will certainly help you out with your girlfriend/boyfriend, or in the future if you find yourself all alone on a day like today.

Even if you can’t be held down by a relationship (not the worst choice, either), make sure to listen to our list below and enjoy the emotional melodies, lyrics, and composition of some of the songs that have conquered hearts across the world.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to hit PLAY►

15_ Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova- “Falling Slowly”

14_ Incubus- “I miss you”

13_ Low- “Sunflower”

12_ Sinéad O’Connor- “Nothing compares to you”

11_ Standstil- “Cuando ella toca el piano”

10_ The Cure- “LoveSong”

09_ The Knife- “Heartbeats”

08_ The Pogues- “I love you till the end”

07_ The Postal Service- “Such Great Heights”

06_ The Rapture- “How deep is your love”

05_ The Stone Roses- “Ten Storey Love Song”

04_ The Temper Trap- “Sweet Disposition”

03_ The XX- “Angels”

02_ U2- “All I Want Is You”

01_ Wilco- “You and I”

Muse Add Even More North American Tour Dates. Tour Starts Next Monday.

UK alternative rockers, Muse, continue to add new tour dates to their 2013 U.S. trek, which will have them playing sold-out shows to some of the biggest arenas across the continent behind new album The 2nd Law, which came out in October.

Back in December they added new gigs to six lucky cities, (LA, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Toronto, and Montreal) and have since expanded their tour to include Cincinnati, Columbus, Arizona, Connecticut, and Uniondale.

New dates are as follows:

Complete Muse tour dates and tickets.

Matthew Bellamy (vocals/guitar), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, vocals), and Dominic Howard (drums) start things off with their January 21st show in San Diego before they play the Staples Center in LA two days later. In total, they’ll play 36 gigs across Canada and the United States overall, many of which include two-night stands, including: Montreal, New York, Toronto, and LA (three nights at the Staples Centre).

Must watch: Behind the scenes footage of the “Making of Unsustainable”:


Muse in San DiegoValley View Casino Center

Muse in Los AngelesSTAPLES Center

Muse in Los AngelesSTAPLES Center

Muse in Los AngelesSTAPLES Center

Muse in OaklandORACLE Arena

Muse in SacramentoSleep Train Arena Sacramento

Muse in PortlandModa Center

Muse in SeattleKey Arena

Muse in TampaTampa Bay Times Forum

Muse in TampaTampa Bay Times Forum

UK Alt Rockers Django Django Set for 2013 Headlining Tour. Played NPR’s World Café.

In what has been a huge year for Scottish alternative rockers, 2012 saw the release of Django Django‘s debut self-titled studio album in January, which was met with very warm reviews.

From there, the band has been on the road and the momentum has kept on growing. Things look to continue onward and upward, as they’ve already got quite a busy start to 2013 planned.

Django Django will start out the New Year headlining the NME Awards Tour with Miles Kane, Palma Violets, and Peace. The NME tour will take them across the UK for 12 gigs in February.


Django Django in LondonO2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire


Afterwards, they’ll take a small break before jetting over our way in early March to start off their solo North American headlining tour with back-to-back shows at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg (March 6th and 7th). From there, they’ll head up the East Coast, across the Midwest, until they wrap things up on the West Coast with their March 22nd show at Public Works in San Francisco and their March 23rd concert at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.


Django Django in BrooklynMusic Hall of Williamsburg

Django Django in BrooklynMusic Hall of Williamsburg

Django Django in BostonParadise Rock Club and Lounge

Django Django in ColumbusNewport Music Hall

Django Django in ChicagoSmart Bar

Django Django in MinneapolisFirst Avenue

Django Django in SeattleNeptune Theatre

Django Django, Night Moves in PortlandDoug Fir Lounge


Additionally, they were featured on NPR’s World Café yesterday, December 6th. The four-piece sat in for an interview about their start as a band and how their debut album came to be, as well as playing four songs: “Firewater,” “Storm,” “Love’s Dart,” “WOR.”

The live performances and interview are available at NPR Music.

Check out Django Django‘s new music video, as they remind you it’s cold now, but “Life’s a Beach”

Muse to Tour North America in 2013!

The English rockers just released their new album, The 2nd Law, last Tuesday, October 2nd and have since announced a tour for the United States and Canada for 2013!

Muse are currently in the midst of the European leg of their World Tour in support of The 2nd Law, which includes five shows across the UK – in Glasgow, London (two nights), Birmingham, Manchester, plus a Dublin gig. They’ll continue across Europe until 2012 comes to a close.

Once the New Year rolls around, Matthew Bellamy (vocals/guitar), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, vocals), and Dominic Howard (drums) will head to North America! Muse‘s tour dates have come out via two separate announcements, and more are expected to be confirmed, as it seems they have some space to fill in the tour schedule and their official website points out “stay tuned for additional tour announcements.”

As of now, Muse‘s tour will begin January 21st in San Diego before they play the Staples Center in LA two days later. They’ll travel to 22 cities overall. The majority of the tickets go on sale this weekend (Friday, October 12th or Saturday, October 13th)

Complete Muse tour dates and tickets.

Sign up for Muse Gig Alerts to be the first to find out when they announce additional tour dates.

The 2nd Law represents Muse‘s sixth studio album and the first since 2009’s The Resistance and immediately has shot to the top of the UK charts.

Complete The 2nd Law tracklisting:

  1. Supremacy
  2. Madness
  3. Panic Station
  4. Prelude
  5. Survival
  6. Follow Me
  7. Animals
  8. Big Freeze
  9. Save Me
  10. Liquid Store
  11. The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
  12. The 2nd Law: Isolated System

Watch the music video for Muse’s dubstep-influenced “Unsustainable:”


Muse in DerbyDonington Park

Muse in Carhaix-PlouguerSITE DE KERAMPUIL

Radiohead Kick Off UK Tour. Headed to Australia. Featured on Austin City Limits Premiere.

While listening to XFM this morning, we got word that Radiohead had performed a brand spanking new song during their March 6th concert at the Manchester Evening News Arena. Their gig in Manchester was the first on their 2012 European tour in support of new album, King of Limbs, and was also a birthday celebration for frontman Thomas Yorke, who turned 44.

During their Manchester show, Radiohead debuted a new song, “Full Stop.” Check it out below and let us know what you think!

Radiohead‘s European tour will make stops at six lucky cities – London (two dates), Paris (two dates), Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, and Antwerp, before they jet over to New Zealand and Australia for the month of November.


Radiohead in ParisPalais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy

Radiohead in ParisPalais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy



Once on the other side of the globe, the Abington five pice will play Auckland’s Vector Arena November 6th before skipping over the Tasman Sea to play Brisbane, Sydney (two shows), and Melbourne (two shows).


Radiohead in BrisbaneBrisbane Entertainment Centre

Radiohead in Darling HarbourSydney Entertainment Centre

Radiohead in Darling HarbourSydney Entertainment Centre

Radiohead in MelbourneRod Laver Arena

Radiohead in MelbourneRod Laver Arena


All gig are sold out, so be sure to check 5gig to see what’s available on the secondary market!

Additionally, Radiohead recorded a session for the famed American PBS program, Austin City Limits, on March 6th at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas while on their North American leg of their tour.

That hour-long performance featuring a good amount of songs from 2011 release King of Limbs and just aired over the weekend (video below)!

Radiohead‘s ACL setlist is as follows:

  1. Bloom (King of Limbs, 2011)
  2. The Daily Mail (From the Basement, 2011)
  3. Myxomatosis (Hail to the Thief, 2003)
  4. Morning Mr. Magpie (King of Limbs, 2011)
  5. The Amazing Sounds of Orgy (Pyramid Song single, 2001(
  6. Staircase (From the Basement, 2011)
  7. Identikit (new 2012)
  8. There There (Hail to the Thief, 2003)
  9. Feral (King of Limbs, 2011)
  10. Idioteque (Kid A, 2000)
  11. Paranoid Android (OK Computer, 1997)

Watch Radiohead on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.


Sign up for Radiohead Gig Alerts to be the first to find out when they announce new tour dates!

While on tour, Radiohead’s been playing a balanced set, covering classics from their entire catalogue, but with special emphasis on their 2011 release, The King of Limbs.

They’ve debuted several new tunes while on the road, including “Identikit” and “Cut A Hole” in Miami “Skirting on the Surface” in Dallas, (watch videos below).

Radiohead plays “Skirting on the Surface” live for the first time in Dallas, Texas

Radiohead plays “Identikit” live for the first time in Miami, Florida

Radiohead plays “Cut a Hole” live for the first time in Miami, Florida

TOUR DATES: Bloc Party Plan Tour in Support of New Album, ‘Four’

Fans of straight-up alternative rock be ready, British indie band Bloc Party is set for a world tour spanning the rest of 2012.

Bloc Party‘s 2012 tour kicks off tomorrow, August 11th, with their concert at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. They’ll then head to San Francisco for their appearance at Outside Lands Music Festival at the famous Golden Gate Park, which is certain to be a fantastic show. From there, Bloc Party will tour in Europe throughout the rest of August and September, performing in Belgium, Austria, France, Switzerland, and Spain, before heading back to North America.

Their North American tour starts back up with their September 10th show at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto and includes a East Coast run with stops along the Midwest, Central Canada and then a string of dates down the West Coast. They’ll wrap things up September 29th at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver before heading back to the UK and Europe.

They’ll be touring in support of their new album, Four, which is scheduled to come out later this month – on August 20th. Not surprisingly, Four represents Bloc Party‘s fourth studio album, their first since 2008’s Intimacy, which came out on July 10th.

Four tracklisting:

  1. So He Begins To Lie
  2. 3×3
  3. Octopus
  4. Real Talk
  5. Kettling
  6. Day Four
  7. Coliseum
  8. V.A.L.I.S.
  9. Team A
  10. Truth
  11. The Healing
  12. We’re Not Good People

Complete Bloc Party tour dates and tickets.

Music video for Bloc Party – Octopus

The All-American Rejects Team Up with Boys Like Girls for Co-Headlining Tour

Formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1999, The All-American Rejects are an alternative band that fuses sounds of pop and punk to create a unique sound of their own. All-American Rejects first gained recognition through their 2003 highly successful self titled debut album. Since their debut album was released, All-American Rejects quickly found a loyal following of fans who flocked to concerts just to experience a live show by this band. In total, All American Rejects have released four albums that produced a slew of hot singles including “Dirty Little Secret,” “It Ends Tonight,” and “Gives You Hell.”

In the past, All-American Rejects have played alongside fellow bands like Five For Fighting and Ok Go, but this summer they will be the headliner for a series of shows around the United States that begins on August 8 in Costa Mesa, California.

They’ll be touring in support of their new album, Kids in the Streets. Kids in the Streets was released in March and represents the band’s fourth record. They’ll spend the first half of their tour (August 8th to 30th) along the Western Half of the U.S., headlining mostly outdoor, summer venues.

Starting September 13th, alternative rock band Boys Like Girls will join The All-American Rejects in what will be a co-headlining tour, where both bands will split the bill. Boys Like Girls are touring in support of new ablum, Crazy World, which is currently scheduled for a Fall release.

The tour dates spread around the country and provide a gig for almost every major city United States. Tickets are currently on sale and available here.

Complete All-American Rejects tour dates and tickets.

Complete Boys Like Girls tour dates and tickets.

If you haven’t heard the pop punk sounds of the All American Rejects, here is your chance with the song “It Ends Tonight”.

Check out their music video for “Walk Over Me”

Albums to Look Out For in June

As we’re constantly trying to keep all you loyal 5giggers abreast of the newest tours and festivals happening across North America, we obviously are well aware when a band is set to release a new album. Therefore, we’ve decided to give a few suggestions on what to listen to each month. Below, you’ll find our list of recommended albums that are being released in June. Some you can already find on shelves in records stores, others you’ll have to practice a little patience and wait a few weeks before you can get your paws on ‘em.

Take a look below. Give the tracks a listen, and let us know what you think! Feel free to let us know what records you’re looking forward to in the comments section below!

Pop / Indie / Electronica
Metric — Synthetica (June 12, 2012)
We’ve always listened to Toronto new wave band Metric from time to time, but their new release, Synthetica, is fast becoming one of our favorite, if not our favorite, album of 2012.Metric’s latest creation, Synthetica, is a perfect mixture of synths, with solid drum beats and guitar work. Of course, singer Emily Haines’ catchy vocals predominate. Metric offered a free stream of the album all last week leading up to its official release and it’s been in constant rotation here ever since.

You can’t go wrong with a song on this album, from the stage-setting opening track, “Artificial Nocturne,” which get the ball rolling. From there, it doesn’t stop, it only picks up velocity. This truly is an album. There are no fillers. It definitely gets our vote for album of the month!

Favorite track: “Speed the Collapse”

Indie / Rock

JapandroidsCelebration Rock (June 5, 2012)
The Vancouver indie-rock duo’s rise to fame was sudden after the release of their debut album, Post-Nothing, in 2009 and after playing 200-plus shows in over 20 countries, they just released its follow-up album week. On Celebration Rock, you’ll find Japandroid’s signature raw, wild sound, but a bit more refined and perfected. Bottom line is: it will definitely get your blood flowing and your head nodding.

Favorite track: “Fire’s Highway” or “Evil’s Sway”

The HivesLex Hives (June 5, 2012)

Swedish punk / garage rock act The Hives are known as part of the 2000s garage rock revival. They FINALLY released new record Lex Hives last week, their fifth studio album and the long-awaited follow up to 2007’s The Black and White Album.

This is the band’s first self-produced album, as they’ve taken the indie route after their last few album. It truly shows their musical styles, because only the five member of the band had equal and final say on how the songs turned out and what would make the album.

Jamming tune: fast-paced, punky track “These Spectacles Reveal The Nostalgics”

Alternative / Rock-Jazz Fusion

Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel… (June 19, 2012)
The ever-talented pianist/vocalist Fiona Apple has finally released a new album, The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, and had to make sure it was one of the longest titled albums in history. We’re not sure if that’s the best way to gain name recognition, but we like what we’ve heard from the album!

Fiona took an extended break after her third album Extraordinary Machine (2005) citing lack of material to write about. Apparrently, she’s found that spark again, but chose a different recording method this time, saying: “It was very casual, and I wasn’t fully admitting that I was making an album, I got to use the time in the studio to inspire me to finish other things rather than feel like I was finishing homework to hand in. It wasn’t a lot of pressure. And the record company didn’t know I was doing it, so nobody was looking over my shoulder.” On this album, you’ll find slowed-down, emotional, and reflective songs with a very jazzy and bassy sound.

Favorite tune: “Left Alone”

Classic Rock / Folk

Neil Young and Crazy Horse — Americana (June 5, 2012)
Neil Young is back at it again, and this time he’s enlisted the help of his old friends, Crazy Horse. Americana represents the first Neil Young collaboration with the entire Crazy Horse crew (Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, Frank Sampedro) since 1996′s Broken Arrow. It is due out June 5th, and according to the Neil Young Times, the album will be a collection of classic American folk songs that have been made famous as they’ve been passed down through the years, from generation to generation.

Favorite track: how can you go wrong with Young’s take on the classic “Old Susannah?”

Rap / Hip Hop

Big K.R.I.T.Live From The Underground (June 5, 2012)
After releasing various mix tapes, including 2010’s K.R.I.T Wuz Here and 2011’s Return of 4Eva, Justin Scott aka Big K.R.I.T. released his debut studio album last Tuesday. The Mississippi native often brings in fellow hip-hop artists to collaborate on his songs, even enlisting B.B. King to play on “Praying Man” on Return of 4Eva.

Lead single: “I Got This”

Noteworthy: The Beach Boys released their first album in 17 years, That’s Why God Made The Radio on June 5th.

Evanescense to Headline ‘Carnival of Madness’ Tour with Chevelle, Halestorm, Cavo, New Medicine

Evanescence is set to headline this summer’s Carnival of Madness hard rock tour. They’ll be joined by fellow rockers Chevelle, Halestorm, Cavo and New Medicine. This year’s tour represents the third annual Carnival of Madness summer rock/metal tour. It all started in 2010 when headliners Shinedown went on the road with Chevelle, Puddle of Mud, Sevendust, and 10 Years. Last year, the tour consisted of Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic.

The tour starts off July 31st at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois before traveling across basically the entire Eastern 2/3s of the United States. The tour will start off in the Midwest, head down to the South West and the South before climbing up the East Coast.

Evanescence will be touring in support of their most recent release, the self-titled album Evanescense. After turmoil within the band following 2007’s ‘The Open Door’ tour, Evanescence released their 3rd studio album on October 7th, 2011. Despite being the band’s first release in five years, it debuted at number one on the charts. Read more

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